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  1. Development Report

    B-PaDY: robot co-worker in a bumper assembly line

    In an automobile assembly line, many processes require control and human intervention. A human’s dexterity and ability to react to unpredictable changes in production volume and product specifications are nece...

    Jun Kinugawa, Akira Kanazawa and Kazuhiro Kosuge

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:23

    Published on: 6 October 2016

  2. Research Article

    Kinematical and static force analysis on redundant drive wire mechanism with velocity constraint modules to reduce the number of actuators

    This study proposes new wire mechanism called “the redundant drive wire mechanism” (RDWM), driven by double actuator modules. The RDWM is configured with velocity constraint modules (VCMs) that provide high-ac...

    Tam Nhat Le, Hiroki Dobashi and Kiyoshi Nagai

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:22

    Published on: 23 September 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:24

  3. Research Article

    Assessment of a tracked vehicle’s ability to traverse stairs

    In some surveillance missions in the aftermath of disasters, the use of a teleoperated tracked vehicle contributes to the safety of rescue crews. However, because of its insufficient traversal capability, the ...

    Daisuke Endo and Keiji Nagatani

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:20

    Published on: 13 September 2016

  4. Research Article

    Musculoskeletal lower-limb robot driven by multifilament muscles

    This paper presents a redundant musculoskeletal robot using thin McKibben muscles that is based on human anatomy. The purpose of this robot is to achieve motions and characteristics that are very similar to a ...

    Shunichi Kurumaya, Koichi Suzumori, Hiroyuki Nabae and Shuichi Wakimoto

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:18

    Published on: 13 September 2016

  5. Research Article

    Retinal vessel model fabricated on a curved surface structure for a simulation of microcannulation

    A remarkable number of vitreoretinal surgeries are performed each year despite their difficulty. As a result, a high demand exists for a mock-up simulator of retinal vessels to simulate these surgeries. Thus, ...

    Takeshi Hayakawa, Ippei Kato, Fumihito Arai, Mamoru Mitsuishi, Naohiko Sugita, Kanako Harada, Shinichi Tanaka, Yasuo Noda and Takashi Ueta

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:19

    Published on: 13 September 2016

  6. News Article

    Robot development project with human- and eco-friendly smart materials

    The social need for robotic technology is rapidly increasing to prepare for the aging society in Japan. Many political action plans concerning Japan’s robot strategy have been proposed and carried out nationwi...

    Yoshiaki Itoh, Toru Yamazaki, Hun-ok Lim and Kenichi Takemura

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:21

    Published on: 13 September 2016

  7. Research Article

    Service robot planning via solving constraint satisfaction problem

    The problem of demographic shifts towards the elderly is deteriorating, as the relative number of caregivers is insufficient to provide the support required for their wellbeing, which is further aggravated by ...

    Noel Nuo Wi Tay, Azhar Aulia Saputra, János Botzheim and Naoyuki Kubota

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:17

    Published on: 26 August 2016

  8. Research Article

    Precise assembly of ring part with optimized hollowed finger

    We deal with a technical issue of assembling a ring part into a shaft part with the clearance of several micrometers by using a robotic manipulator. This issue is difficult because of deformation of a ring par...

    Tomoya Fukukawa, Junji Takahashi and Toshio Fukuda

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:16

    Published on: 28 July 2016

  9. Development Report

    Mobile robotic cart development to support home oxygen therapy patients: Study on handling interface for mobile robotic cart similar to wheeled walker

    We propose a motion control interface system for a mobile robotic cart to support Home Oxygen Therapy (HOT) patients when they go out. Our goal is to realize a mobile robotic cart similar to a wheeled walker t...

    Masatsugu Iribe, Naoto Maeta, Gen Endo, Toshio Takubo, Mineko Ohira and Tetsuya Kinugasa

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:14

    Published on: 11 July 2016

  10. Research Article

    Tongue interface based on surface EMG signals of suprahyoid muscles

    The research described herein was undertaken to develop and test a novel tongue interface based on classification of tongue motions from the surface electromyography (EMG) signals of the suprahyoid muscles det...

    Makoto Sasaki, Kohei Onishi, Dimitar Stefanov, Katsuhiro Kamata, Atsushi Nakayama, Masahiro Yoshikawa and Goro Obinata

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:9

    Published on: 2 April 2016

  11. Research Article

    BBot, a hopping two-wheeled robot with active airborne control

    Most two-wheeled robots have algorithms that control balance by assuming constant contact with the ground. However, such algorithms cannot confer stability in robots deployed on non-continuous ground terrain. ...

    Huei Ee Yap and Shuji Hashimoto

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:6

    Published on: 3 March 2016

  12. Research Article

    An image processing method for changing endoscope direction based on pupil movement

    Increased attention has been focused on laparoscopic surgery because of its minimal invasiveness and improved cosmetic properties. However, the procedure of laparoscopic surgery is considerably difficult for s...

    Yang Cao, Satoshi Miura, Quanquan Liu, Yo Kobayashi, Kazuya Kawamura, Shigeki Sugano and Masakatsu G. Fujie

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:3

    Published on: 22 January 2016

  13. Research Article

    Development of a gas/liquid phase change actuator for high temperatures

    Gas/liquid phase changes produce large volume changes in working fluids. These volume changes are used as the driving power sources in actuators such as micro-pumps and valves. Most of these actuators are uti...

    Hiroki Matsuoka, Koichi Suzumori and Takefumi Kanda

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:1

    Published on: 16 January 2016

  14. Research Article

    GPU-accelerated surgery simulation for opening a brain fissure

    In neurosurgery, dissection and retraction are basic techniques for approaching the site of pathology. These techniques are carefully performed in order to avoid damage to nerve tissues or blood vessels. Howev...

    Kazuya Sase, Akira Fukuhara, Teppei Tsujita and Atsushi Konno

    ROBOMECH Journal 2015 2:17

    Published on: 29 December 2015

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